Tom Karst

Articles By Tom Karst

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Nov 11, 2019

‘Driver’s hours matter’ detention reported released

With the advent of the electronic logging device mandate, time is replacing mileage as an indicator of truck rate values, according to a new report.
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Nov 08, 2019

USDA files PACA action against Florida company

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against Genaro Produce Incorporated.
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Nov 07, 2019

Truck rates stable to lower

Adequate to surplus truck availability for fresh produce shipping districts was reported in early November.
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Nov 06, 2019

USDA selects groups to help boost produce consumption

The USDA has tabbed the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition and Fair Food Network to help develop nutrition incentive programs to increase fruit and vegetable purchases for food stamp recipients.
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Nov 06, 2019

USDA gives $41 million to boost fresh produce SNAP purchases

Grants totaling more than $40 million have been awarded to programs to give food stamp consumers incentives to eat more fruits and vegetables.
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Nov 05, 2019

Fresh fruits exports lag under weight of tariffs

Retaliatory trade tariffs continue to hurt U.S. fruit exports.
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Oct 31, 2019

Huckaby urges USDA organic program to keep pace with market

The future of organic farming will depend on the federal government keeping pace with the organic marketplace, Jeff Huckaby told the House Agriculture Committee on Oct. 30.
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Oct 30, 2019

Produce groups support farm labor law, will seek improvements

Drawing broad bipartisan and industry support, House lawmakers on Oct. 30 introduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.
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Oct 28, 2019

Talking Fresh Summit and indoor farming companies

The Packer’s Tom Karst visits with Craig Carlson of Carlson Produce Consulting Oct. 25 about the just-concluded 2019 Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit.